Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Lions And Hurricanes And Survivors, Oh My

Chantelle Thomas-Henderson (Just in case you forgot my name before I got married), ©2018

I've been told that I’m a great writer although I fail to see it.  I typically just write whatever’s on my mind & heart, drum up some keyboard courage & press enter.  But what I’m working on right now....Well, my pen is full of ink waiting to be all used up & needing to be replaced by the next pen, & the next.  It’s like a hurricane named “Me Too” & it is about to hit landfall.  It’s like a baby cub that grew into a lion & it’s about to roar.  It is the innocence of a little girl who is now an adult fierce survivor & warrior princess.  It’s a long dark road that at the end has “Time’s Up” in bright lights.  It’s like dipping your foot in the water for years & now you’re on the high dive getting ready to leap with grace & strength.  It’s the music playing that you finally dance to like no one’s watching.  It is the trees undressed in the winter that’s about to burst forth with color & life in the spring.  It’s been standing on the sidelines for years watching & cheering on other soul sister survivors & now I’m about to sprint.  I’m on mark.  It is everything that I’ve only spoken of in whispers but now hold a bullhorn in my hands; ready to speak my truth, to tell my story, withholding nothing.  To be authentic.  To be bold.  To be unafraid.  To be the reason another boy, girl, man, or woman will no longer live shackled in chains of shame, fear, embarrassment-trapped in the dungeon of trauma of being violated & blamed, harassed, assaulted, abused, manipulated, groomed, forgotten, not believed.  My chains are broken.  My hands are free.  My heart is ready.  My vision clear.  And passion unleashed.  Now.....I’m going to get that piece of paper & those pens & get started. ~ 
“So often survivors have had their experiences denied, trivialized, or distorted. Writing is an important avenue for healing because it gives you the opportunity to define your own reality. You can say: This did happen to me. It was that bad. It was the fault & responsibility of the adult. I was—and am—innocent.” ~ Ellen Bass & Laura Davis
#metoo #timesup #thebabysitter #V